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Elusive Wave - Longchamp - 10.05.09

An Aussie Rules half-brother to last season's Poule d'Essai des Pouliches winner Elusive Wave (above) found favour at Arqana, selling for €140,000

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Arqana continues growth as sale record tumbles

Arqana May Breeze-up Sale comparative figures (€)
 Year  Cat  Off  Sold  % sold  Aggregate  Average  Median
 2010  156  139  107  77  5,574,000  51,611  40,000
 2009  150  127  97  76  4,040,000  41,649  30,000

THE Arqana Breeze-Up Sale at Saint-Cloud maintained its continuous run of growth on Saturday by producing records across-the board.

Last year's sale bucked the downward trends by recording a strong 20 per cent rise in average to €41,649, yet that figure this year was eclipsed by a 24 per cent rise to €51,645. The aggregate soared 37 per cent to €5,526,000 (excluding private sales) while the median increased by a third to €40,000.

The clearance rate rose marginally to 77 per cent. There were 14 six-figure lots sold in the ring compared to six in 2009.

It didn't take long for the sale-topping record to tumble when, within the first hour of proceedings, Fiona Shaw went to €300,000 on behalf of owner Earl Macke for a first crop son of Shirocco. The price surpassed last year's record-setting figure of €280,000, which was paid by Paul Nataf for a Dubawi colt.

Yeomanstown Stud consigned the grandson of Poule d'Essai des Pouliches heroine Baiser Vole, who had sold to BBA Ireland for €85,000 at last year's Arqana October Sale. He is likely to join Jonathan Pease in Chantilly.

"He was just a beautiful horse," said Shaw. "He did a very nice breeze and I loved his pedigree. Earl Macke has two horses in France at the moment - one with Jonathan Pease and another with Jean-Claude Rouget - and this one will probably go to Jonathan.

"The market seems quite strong, especially for the French-bred horses that qualify for the premiums."

Her thoughts were echoed by David Redvers, who paid €135,000 for an Iffraaj colt from Bansha House Stables which will be trained by Sir Mark Prescott and race for Pearl Bloodstock.

"The market is strong, like that at so many French sales," he said. "The French-breds in particular are making a lot of money because of the premiums."

Redvers added of his purchase: "I thought he was as nice a horse as there was in this sale."

The Chantilly Bloodstock Agency were active, going to €210,000 for a Shamardal colt from Haras du Sauboas that had sold to Jean-Pierre Deroubaix for just €22,000 at last year's Baden Baden September Sale, and €115,000 for an Oasis Dream granddaughter of champion Forest Flower.

A Galileo filly out of a half-sister to multiple Grade 2 winner Tuscan Evening lit up the final minutes of trading when selling to Samuel Blanchard's Winning Bloodstock for €180,000.

One of the standout lots on paper was an Aussie Rules half-brother to Poule d'Essai des Pouliches winner Elusive Wave and he duly attracted his share of attention, eventually selling to Prime Equestrian for €140,000. His price was later matched by a brother to the Group 1-placed Green Noon who was knocked down to Dubuc Grassa.

A High Chaparral colt from the famed Moyglare Stud family of Talking Picture and Dress To Thrill is heading to Australia after selling for €100,000 to Hubie de Burgh on behalf of an undisclosed Australian client.

De Burgh was more than satisfied with hispurchase, saying: "He was the most attractive horse, a real athlete with a good attitude. He breezed very well and had all the quality of High Chaparral with (damsire) Green Desert thrown in.

"He will race in Australia - High Chaparral has done very well down there and we hope that this one will develop into a Group 1 horse.

"Australia has a tremendous prize-money structure, especially for older horses, and the exchange rate is attractive for Australians to buy in this part of the world at the moment."

Pinhooks of the day:
Yeomanstown Stud turned an €85,000 outlay into €300,000 courtesy of their Shirocco colt that sold to Citywest Inc. Ltd. It was also a good day for Haras du Saubouas, whose colts by Shamardal - €22,000 purchase by Jean-Pierre Deroubaix- and Elusive Quality, a $15,000 purchase from Darley at the Keeneland September Sale by Guy Armengol - sold for €210,000 and €100,000.

What they're saying:
"There are some very nice horses here who seem to be making their full value - we were interested in one earlier which made double what we thought it would." Hubie de Burgh.





Galileo £11,597,622
Dark Angel £3,704,206
Dubawi £3,194,696
Frankel £2,708,934
Kodiac £2,231,181
Acclamation £2,090,548
Iffraaj £2,067,853
Sea The Stars £1,923,734
Nathaniel £1,880,694
Invincible Spirit £1,699,882